Ginger Nuts of Horror
Jasper Bark has been a busy boy. Fresh off the back of a string of releases (Novellas Run To Ground and Bed of Crimson Joy, as well as novel The Final Cut) all of which were well received around these parts, he’s also run a successful Indiegogo campaign to produce a Lovecraft inspired horror comic, and become an integral part of Crystal Lake publishing’s Patreon campaign. We decided a catch up was long past due.
Steven Ramirez began writing seriously as a sophomore in high school, concentrating on that time-honored vehicle of teen outrage and simmering hormones—poetry. Each week, he created these verses and “borrowed” the school’s copier equipment, which allowed him to distribute his work to the unsuspecting world. He still owes the high school twenty-eight bucks for supplies, so please don’t tell anyone.
Eventually, Steven began writing screenplays, mostly because everyone else in LA is writing a screenplay. It’s the law—look it up. If you are not at least “working” on a screenplay, they banish you to South Orange County, where you can take up surfing. Come to think of it, they might have rewritten that law, but you wouldn’t know it visiting Starbucks. What set him apart, though, is that for a while he had an agent. He still didn’t sell anything, though. Agents are like lawyers. Unless there are crisp, new thousand dollar bills nailed to your forehead, they tend not to return your calls.
Then came a fateful meeting with the Davids—David Rimawi and David Latt of The Asylum, the prolific studio responsible for ‘Sharknado.’ These fine gentlemen read Steven’s work and decided to take a chance. The result was the horror-thriller film ‘Killers.’ It was funny, bloody and action-filled, and featured a young Paul Logan, who has gone on to enjoy a nice movie career while Steven became old, embittered and … Wait, that’s somebody else’s life.
Tired of hawking screenplays, Steven returned to short stories. Though over the years he had written several novels—none of which were published—he decided to try again and in 2013 published Tell Me When I’m Dead, a zombie thriller. In 2014, he followed up with the sequel, Dead Is All You Get, and is hard at work on the last book of THE DEAD SERIES trilogy.
In addition to writing, Steven is a pretend musician, having written songs and played in bands since high school. He started on the accordion long before it was popular, then graduated to the piano. Thankfully, he decided to give up music and focus on writing.
Joseph Schwartz is a St. Louis native who writes exclusively about the Gateway City.He prefers the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction, where his stories' protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. He personally prefers stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates him so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. Just as he has an expectation of writing to be read he believes that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment.
Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, and Scream magazines and is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Halloweenforevermore, and Heavy Planet. You can find his published work here.
You can also find him lurking around the following websites:
Facebook Author page
Amazon Author page
I have known Michael Wehunt for a few years now, well before we took on his collection over at ST. I have been a fan from the beginning and can tell you with all honesty, he is one to be watching. He should be arriving any minute, most likely in those square-toed shoes of his....
Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews Robin Bennett who is a rare literary beast in that he skilfully writes across different age groups and genres for children, something which is notoriously difficult and also dabbles with non-fiction for adults. Interestingly, Robin sees writing for the 7-10 age group as the toughest nut to crack! Much of this interview focuses on his fantasy/horror series “Small Vampires” which is a great read for slightly older kids and young teens. Robin is published by Monster Books and is one of the brains behind a successful independent publisher which is currently expanding and hopefully taking on new authors in 2017. So let’s meet Robin and find out what makes the man tick.
Michael Griffin's latest collection, The Lure of Devouring Light, has garnered a great deal of attention and deserved accolades from readers and critics alike, as well as from well-known authors such as Laird Barron and Michael Cisco.
As Laird puts it he
“…skillfully works the rich seams of quiet horror and contemporary weird”.
And as it turns out, “skillfully” is an understatement. “Brilliantly” might be more apt. You can read my review of it over at Shotgun Logic. But before you head over there please read the interview between myself and Michael here on Ginger Nuts of Horror
Deborah Sheldon is a writer living in Melbourne, Australia and has publishing credits in a string of anthologies and journals as well as novellas and novels that lurk in the darker area of fiction. I thought I would take some time to have a chat about her writing. I am particularly interested in hearing about her new bio-horror novel being published by Cohesion Press later on this year.
Ginger Nuts of Horror is proud to host an exclusive interview with Blaze Bayley, the man tasked with the impossible, who in their right mind would consider being the singer to replace Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden? Well Blaze did, read on for an enlightening interview with the man himself.
Karen Runge is a writer based in South Africa. She writes the kind of stories that leave a mark, long after you have finished reading them. Karen first came to my attention through the Grey Matter Press anthology ‘Deaths Realm’. In collaboration with ‘Suspended in Dusk’ Editor Simon Dewar, they created a tale of sexy horror that I thought was a real stand out inside an already excellent anthology. Fast forward a little and Karen popped up again in another anthology from the excellent Grey Matter Press. This time it was a story in the ‘Savage Beasts’ anthology. For me it was the best story in there, and once again this was a high quality collection of dark fiction.
I heard a little rumour that Karen was working on a short story collection to be released this year. To say I was eager to get my hands on a copy is an understatement. ‘Seven Sins’, released by Concorde Press is the debut collection from this incredibly talented writer and is readily available right now! With blurbs by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay you know that this will be something special. Also later this year, Karen will be releasing her debut novel through Grey Matter Press.